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Personal Health Monitoring Web Service Network

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000032340D
Original Publication Date: 2004-Nov-01
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2004-Nov-01
Document File: 3 page(s) / 49K

Publishing Venue

IBM

Abstract

Personal health monitoring devices are an important tool for improving quality of life and reducing health case costs, however the collected data is often confined to the device or an attached personal computer. This article describes a Web service based system for uploading the collected personal health data to servers and securely sharing it with other members of the health care community where it can be used for many beneficial purposes.

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Personal Health Monitoring Web Service Network

Health care is an extremely important problem for our society. Health care costs are expected to increase as the Baby Boomer generation ages and faces the associated health problems. One component of health care is personal monitoring. For example, diabetes treatment involves daily monitoring of blood glucose levels. Blood pressure can also be measured at home. Other measurements may soon be possible for a variety of blood conditions, e.g. clotting. The current generation of measuring devices are electronic and some have computer interfaces that allow measurements to be transferred to a personal computer and be displayed and analysed by an application program. However, the data is not easily accessible by doctors or other members of the health care system. The data is fairly expensive to acquire, amounting to hundreds of dollars per year, so it would be useful to get the maximum benefit from it, and potentially reduce overall health care costs through improved detection of problems.

The paper discusses a cost-effective system for collecting, managing, and distributing personal health monitoring data so that it can be used for a variety of purposes that contribute to improved health care and reduced overall health care costs. The data can be used by patients, doctors, researchers, manufacturers, and suppliers, with a level of privacy appropriate for the application. For example, doctors can be given detailed patient records while manufacturers can be given anonymous statistical or diagnostic data.

The data currently collected by individuals is primarily for personal use. It is typically recorded in paper log books which may be taken to doctor appointments for review. At present there is no network for collecting personal health data. This is due to the relatively recent development of digital health monitoring devices, network access, and Web service standards. For example, see the LifeScan OneTouch Diabetes Management Software http://www.lifescan.com/products/otdms/index.html which allows transfer of blood glucose measurements to a personal computer. The next step is to collect this data over the Internet where it can be fully exploited.

The system consists of client software programs that collect the data and transmit it via Web services to secure servers on the Internet, and additional applications that access the data via Web services. For example, using a typically glucometer, the user would collect readings and then connect the glucometer to a personal computer. An application program on the personal computer would then read the data from the glucometer using whatever access method and protocol (e.g. serial interface) that was provided by the manufacturer, and then convert the data into a standard XML format that conforms to the interface of the data collection Web service. The use of a standard data collection Web service allows new glucometers to be added at a later date withou...